The winter months can make your backyard feel a little sparse. Luckily, it’s easy to liven up your outdoor living space with these lush plants and by trying out of some of these tips.
Provide Food Sources
Animals are constantly seeking out new food, especially in the winter months. Therefore, adding specific food sources to your yard will draw out different animals.
- Use native plants when adding food sources to your yard for best results.
- Use nuts and berries to attract squirrels, or hang corncobs from trees.
- Use clover and carrots to attract rabbits.
- Attract deer with wax myrtle, blackberry, and spicebush.
- Draw in butterflies and bees with yellow, orange, pink, and purple flowers.
- Leave out kitchen scraps or pungent meats, as these will attract rats and skunks.
- Use pesticides or chemicals that could harm the animals.
- Leave your trash uncovered.
- Leave out hot, peppery-flavored seeds or plants.
Creating dense, secure shelters helps animals avoid the elements and feel safe. If animals determine your yard is a safe place, they’re more likely to stay around.
- Use evergreens and dense shrubs to create shelter.
- Consider leaving brush piles in secluded areas for birds and rabbits.
- Remove shelter areas without first examining for signs of life.
- Let your domestic animals explore these spaces.
Water is essential to all life. Providing a clean, freshwater source will help animals feel like it’s okay to stick around your yard, and will help animals of all shapes and sizes thrive.
- Use water features.
- Place water features near shelter spaces when possible.
- Add water plants for fish coverage
- Let the water go stagnant.
- Add salt licks or other attractors near water.
- Allow animals to drink out of pools, hot tubs, or other recreational water sources.
See, it’s simple really! These easy tips will make your outdoor living space a flourishing and beautiful environment all-year round. And the best part: you’ll be helping your local ecosystem sustain itself.